What dafaq does "Candyfloss & Persie" mean?
Well, I wrote that story out here. However, to make a long (and boring) story short - "Candyfloss" I thought was pretty cool once I heard Baby Spice declare it as her favorite word. I had no idea it meant cotton candy, I just thought it was pretty cute and made me feel cool to like something a Spice Girl liked. "Persie" was the name of this gorgeous little cat statue I had growing-up. I used to pretend that he was a royal cat from Persia thus named Persie. And PS- it's pronounced 'Purrr-sheee' (not that it matters since it's a made-up name). Anyway, when I started the blog I figured the part of me that wanted to pen ideas on here was the same part of me that liked imagination. Candyfloss & Persie is a nod to that as they both represent a time when my mind drifted into la-la-land.
Where did you and Jay meet?
We met in college when we both attended
Harvard Law School the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). Though we never were romantically linked in college, just in the same friend circle. Years later we were tired of exerting real effort at getting to know new people and thought - meh, want to date each other? :) And the rest is history! We've been together a very long time now but married in Sept. 2014.
Is his name really 'Jay'? Is your name 'Caitlin'?
Yes, that is my real name. But no - that is not his. But I just figured with the frequency in which I talk about him, I'd reduce the Google search results bringing people looking at him professionally here. They can get to know him organically first and then later read my juicy musings about his life - such as the fact that he drinks coffee without creamer. Oooo, saucy!
What is your job and where do you work? What is Jay's job?
I like to keep that broad but it's in the commercial insurance/financial field and my office is in downtown San Francisco. Jay works in PR - a field very welcoming to its employees having blogs, mind you!
How old are you?
31-years-old. I will not lie about my age because if I say I'm 28, you're gonna think "man, she looks like sh*t for 28..." whereas if I'm honest, those wrinkles will make sense and you'll judge them less. See? I'm a smart cookie. No wonder I went to Harvard.
Why don't you have kids yet?
Because I wanted to live my life a bit first, MOM. Maybe I should get on that though because being DINKs in your thirties just gets better and better and soon, it'll be harder to pull away from this life. But yes, actually experiencing life as a childless human was important to me and I think I'll bring more to the table as a parent now that I've done that.
How long have you had Chandler?
Since he was a wee puppy (story here). He came from the Oregon Humane Society so we didn't know what he was. We did a DNA test and Jay was NOT the father, but apparently a Jack Russell Terrier or Labrador Retriever was. He's pretty much my favorite thing and I love him more than I can explain.
Why do you waste so much time blogging?
All the better to
entertain bore you with, my dear. No but for real, I like writing, I love taking pictures and I am adamant about record-keeping. This feeds all of those desires.
What is your pet peeve?
Wall decals in people's houses that state "DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING" above the bed. There are no words. Girl, bye.
Why do you wear such bright lipstick all the time?
Because I was raised by clowns. And because the world can always use more color.
What is your lineage?
My Dad is Irish and my mom is Italian. However, the cultural part on my mom's side is stereotypically strong and we grew-up learning Italian traditions and foods, etc. Plus, I still have a lot of relatives actually in Italy who I've met and we keep in touch with. So that side of my background feels stronger than the other.
What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I have a scar on my leg that is in the shape of Australia. It's way tight. Though people often get confused and think it's the UK. (Get it?????).
What is something most people don't know about you?
I research random things and watch documentaries all of the time. Good chance I will forget my keys nine out of ten places I go but I can tell you exactly what happened at Jonestown, or the day that Harvey Milk was assassinated, or the similarities between North Korea and the Eastern side of the Berlin Wall OR the main rules for dogs aboard the Titanic.
And that's just a little about me!